The monsoon season has produced significant flooding in India. Heavy hail storms, thunderstorms, landslides, and road bottlenecks have been particularly damaging in Uttarakhand.
The situation deteriorated further as the Ganga river reached the danger mark at Devprayag, resulting in a flood-like scenario in the city.
Similarly, the Ganga surpassed the danger level in Haridwar due to an excessive flow of water from the Alaknanda dam.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain in Uttarakhand for the next five days, worsening the situation.
The Dehradun Meteorological Centre has issued an 'orange' alert in all 13 districts of the state in response.
Meanwhile, the flood situation in Delhi remains a concern, with the Yamuna river rising slightly above the danger mark to 205.58 metres. On Sunday evening, heavy rainfall in several parts of Delhi added to the flood threat.
The Indian Meteorological Department reported 1.2 mm of rain in the last 24 hours. On July 12, the Yamuna had already broken its previous record of 207.49 metres, running above the danger mark and even crossing the 208-metre mark.
Given the critical circumstances, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told the public that the water levels are decreasing and that people will be allowed to return to their homes from relief camps shortly.
Over 10,000 individuals have been evacuated from highly flooded low-lying areas.
The latest IMD forecast calls for heavy to very heavy rain in nearly half of India during the next five days.
These severe downpours are predicted to hit Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha.
More rain is forecast in Uttarakhand on July 16 and 17, with red alerts issued for the districts of Dehradun, Tehri, Pauri, and Haridwar.
The rest of the districts have been placed on orange alert. However, some relief is on the way as a modest decrease in rainfall is predicted for July 18.
Vikram Singh, the Director of the Meteorological Department in Dehradun, presented meteorological updates, warning that Uttarakhand could see more rain. These occurrences emphasise the importance of people and authorities remaining watchful and taking the appropriate preparations to limit the impact of the current monsoon and flooding.
The IMD has predicted heavy rain in Uttarakhand and several other states over the next few days. Authorities are keeping a tight eye on the situation and taking precautions to protect the safety and well-being of the impacted community.